Posts Tagged ‘netflix’


#6: Meet Me in St. Louis

January 14, 2011

Yeah, okay, I was on a musical kick, and ever since that song has been stuck in my head since watch the first Sex and the City film, I’ve wanted to watch it!  Again, thank goodness for Instant Streaming!

So what’s it about?: A traditional little family lives in good ole St. Louis, where they fall in love, play pranks on the neighbors, and get all excited when the World Fair ensues chaos on their quaint little lives!

The Good: Ah, Judy Garland is always a sweetheart and St. Louis is no exception.  And it kind of makes you want to live in a small mid-western neighborhood in the 1900s… until you realized they didn’t actually do anything and couldn’t go see movies all the time.  But the songs are fun!

The Bad: Yeah… so this musical is kind of not about anything.  There’s a kind of half assed love story in the middle of it and maybe a smidgen of conflict, but really, NOTHING HAPPENS.  It’s like someone found an old diary and decided to write a script from it and add a couple of songs.  Only the diary was from the most mundane family in the world.  I mean, geeze, if you’re going to make a movie based on a diary at least make it from someone interesting… like Anne Frank!

The Verdict: If you’re a fan of classic musicals and movies about nothing, give this film a go.  However, if you like classic musicals with a little more substance, stick with good ole Sound of Music and West Side Story.  (And if you just like movies about nothing, may I introduce you to Sophia Coppola.)


#4: I’m Still Here

January 13, 2011

A documentary that I sadly missed in theaters, but thanks to the amazingness that is Netflix instant streaming, I was able to watch it on my phone!

So what’s it about?: Joaquin Phoenix decides to retire from acting and become a rap star and Casey Affleck has the brains to pick up a camera and film all the ensuing chaos.

The Good: This is definitely one of the most fascinating documentaries I’ve watched, though Joan Rivers already proved earlier in 2010 that having someone follow around a famous person is actually really interesting.  I’m Still Here was a great inside look at the pressure and alienation a celebrity faces.  And while you may disagree with how he pretty much threw away an entire career in order to “express himself” or whatever, it’s hard not to think about how oneself would be affected by fame if ever thrust under the same limelight.

The Bad: I can see where after a while one could easily get annoyed with Phoenix’s constant “why doesn’t the world understand me?  Why don’t they give me a chance?”  But at the same time, it’s easy to relate to insecurities.   Because who doesn’t have those!  However, this is not a documentary that inspires, which can be somewhat off-putting to some.

The Verdict: If you want to watch an intriguing movie about a man attempting to pursue a dream and dealing with human judgement, than watch this movie!  But not before you watch Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Exit Through the Gift Shop, both far superior


#3: Repo! The Genetic Opera

January 13, 2011

So what’s it about?: In a future world where organ replacement is the next big fad, chaos ensues around the company who produces the organs, the man hired to reposess the organs, and one whiny, useless girl who was thrown into the mix.

The Good: Um… making it gothic was kind of cool.  And casting Paris Hilton as an heiress addicted to surgery was, um, inspired?  And there was a really cool prologue done entirely with comic book frames.

The Bad: This is the biggest mess of a musical I’ve ever seen in my life.  The plot was all over the place.  The music sounded like it was composed by kindergartners trying to play heavy metal songs on pots and pans (scratch that, that probably would have been an improvement).  And note to casting directors, if you are going to cast a musical, it helps if the cast can sing, but at the very least they need to be able to act!  Unfortunately this cast could do neither.

The Verdict: Okay, sure, if you really like gothic, cult films and music with no melody whatsoever, watch this film.  Otherwise, go listen to an elementary school orchestra, because even that would be less painful on the ears than this god awful film.


#70: Psycho

December 22, 2009

It turns out with all this movie theater going I’ve been doing recently (and who can blame me, it’s Awards Season!) I have neglected the fact that there is still a plethora of classic movies out there that I have never even watched.  And upon a recent realization that I’ve never seen an entire Alfred Hitchcock film, I figured that fact needed to change immediately!

So what’s it about?: A woman on the run after stealing $40,000 decides to check into The Bates Motel where some chaos ensues.

The Good: This movie is suspenseful as soon as the credits start and the creepy score is cued.  The shots were beautifully done, the story well formulated, and the acting was spot on.  Plus, any movie that can be suspenseful even when I know how it ends is good in my book.  Bonus points for Norman Bates being the cutest, most unassuming psycho killer of all time.  No one would have suspected him of anything, and that made it all the more scary.  And may I add that after watching this and The Haunting I’ve come to the conclusion that all horror movies should be filmed in black and white.  The shadows and lighting add a whole new level of scary and preys on a universal fear of the dark, when our eyes only see black and white.

The Bad: Frankly, despite the fact that it is wonderfully shot, the famous shower scene is, well, kind of laughable.  I mean, they did well with their limitations, but the should have done less.  Frankly, if a woman is stabbed multiple times in the back and slides down the shower wall, the wall is not going to remain white!  And I’m not saying it needed more gore (the cleanliness of the scene was almost refreshing in a sense) but the shots just needed to be retooled so there was no need for gore.

The Verdict: If you haven’t seen this, don’t put it off like I did and go watch it (it’s streaming on Netflix)!  This is a classic for a reason, and it’s a classic that stands the test of time (unlike the now laughable Exorcist).


#64: Bolt

December 20, 2009

Well, in probably the best year as a whole for animated movies of the decade, I decided to take a return trip to the dark ages of 2008 (oh Wall*E, how much better you would have enjoyed 2009).

So what’s it about?: A TV superdog thinks he’s a real superdog, and goes on a mission to rescue his person when they are seperated after filming a cliff-hanger.  With the help of his fellow talking animal friends, chaos ensues all the way to Hollywood.

The Good: It’s cute.  And, while not a fantastic family film, it’s still good enough to entertain the whole family and maintain my theory that kid movies don’t have to be stupid to please them.  And it has some classic moments.

The Bad: You have to listen to Miley Cyrus’s voice for a good third of the film, and that’s enough to drive some people over the edge.  And sadly it gets a little too sappy at times.

The Verdict: A great movie to rent with the kids a good enough addition to the okay collection of Disney 3D animated movies.  But not anything worth writing home about.


#57: The Big Lebowski

December 15, 2009

Another cult classic that I haven’t seen (and some how managed to avoid at college).  So I figured I might as well watch it!

So what’s it about?: A bowling-loving, easygoing slacker is mistaken for millionaire of the same name, resulting in an adventure all over Los Angeles to meet a crazy cast of characters and a crap load of ensuing chaos.

The Good: I’ll admit, this movie made no sense, until I saw it was a Coen brothers’ film, and then it all came together!  But even so, this film is beautifully sewn together.  It’s a movie that just should be a total mess, and yet totally works.  The characters are totally outrageous, yet you feel as though you could run into them on the street or at your local bowling alley tomorrow.  The movie is shot beautifully.  The soundtrack is not just a collection of great songs but actually add to the movie.  And this film has all the elements of a cult classic: quotability, quirkiness, and the ability to stand up to and even get better with repeat viewings.

The Bad: Another element of a cult classic: it’s not accessible to everyone.

The Verdict: It’s a movie everyone has to see once.  And should probably be watched again.


#52: Bonnie and Clyde

November 28, 2009

So what’s it about?: Bonnie and Clyde rob banks and chaos ensues.

The Good: This film is considered a classic for a reason.  It’s a good film.  The script is well written, the acting is well done, and from a cinematography stand point there were some really cool shots in this.  You could just tell the crew put a lot of thought into this film and it shows.  And it has what all good films have: a good beginning and a killer ending.

The Bad: Like I feel most older films suffer from, this movie dragged on at times from the result of its slower pacing.  And Faye Dunaway and Estelle Parsons were so annoying at times that I began to hate them both, which was definitely more the fault of the characters rather than the actresses.

The Verdict: A must see for any fan of well made films, but if you are looking for a high octane gangster movie, perhaps look for something a little newer.